After helping support our local Bay View Elementary School students attend Science camp, we received the most sincere letter from a wonderful student. We were so happy to be able to help send students to science camp which was one of the things that sparked our doctor's interest in academia and the outdoors.
March 21 marks World Down Syndrome Day, and a day which we hold very near to us at Midtown Optometry. Being the 21st day of the 3rd month, this parallels the extra 'third' chromosome number 21 that causes Down Syndrome. We decided to celebrate by donating 5% of all sales to the foundation.
To celebrate President's Day Midtown Optometry decided to give back by organizing a beach clean up of both Cowell's and Boardwalk Beach. The whole crew gathered at 8AM ready with trash bags, rubber gloves, and notably cool beach eyewear. Starting with Cowell's, we were impressed with how clean the beach was this morning, but as we traveled down towards the San Lorenzo, however, we had a bit more work to do.
With so much false information circulating about the relevance of vitamin supplements for your eyes, it is important to look at the clinical trials. This article highlights the important findings from the main study, the Age Related Eye Disease Study 2. For some people vitamins can be useful, but for many, their benefits are not substantiated.
Check out our feature from Choose Santa Cruz by Amanda Rotella. Her insightful commentary unwinds the evolution of the practice and gets to the core of our values at Midtown Optometry. This blog is part of a series that highlights new and upcoming businesses in Santa Cruz. Learn about anything from the Santa Cruz Food Slam to the new Wharf master plan on their comprehensive Santa Cruz website.
Contact lenses are a wonderful way to correct your vision and can provide a convenient way to see the world without glasses. They improve your experience for a wide range of activities from SCUBA diving, to surfing, to mountain biking to playing with children who would otherwise pull off your glasses. That said, contact lenses are medical devices that interact with the surface of the eye and as such, proper maintenance and hygiene are important to keep the eye healthy.
It's hard to avoid spending most of your day at a computer. While staring at a computer is tough on the eyes, there are some easy things you can do to make your work day a little easier, which will make you happier and has also been proven to make you significantly more productive at work. Read further here.
In July, Dr Fellers was part of a huge community event in Santa Cruz, providing free eye care and glasses to those in need. Other services such as dentistry and nutritional consultation was also provided during the comprehensive health fair. For many, this was the first eye exam that attendees had ever received.
With all the excitement surrounding the solar eclipse on August 21, many people have been asking about how to protect their eyes while viewing. This is a good question, since even during a partial eclipse (the total eclipse will not be visible in Santa Cruz), the intensity of the sun's rays can damage the retina.
Dr. Fellers will be seeing patients on Wednesday July 19 in Soquel at another free community clinic. Midtown Optometry is excited to sponsor this wonderful event.
During your 20's and 30's your eyes enjoy a period of relative stability. This is a time when many people consider LASIK surgery. Discussion about protective eyewear for sports is also important and something that can make your favorite activity more enjoyable and successful.
Ages 16-25 is a dynamic time for your eyes. For many who have already been prescribed glasses for nearsightedness, the prescription will continue to increase slowly into the early 20's. This is also a time when a first prescription will become necessary for glasses or contact lenses.
The American Optometric Association recommends a yearly eye exam for Children. On average 80% of learning is done visually, so having great eyes is critical at this age. While children often go through school vision screenings, these only evaluate the child's vision and can overlook other functions.
While a pediatric eye check is definitely valuable, at age 3-5 your child should come in for their first exam with an optometrist to confirm that everything is developing properly. Learn what happens in a comprehensive eye exam for a young child.
Your experience at Midtown Optometry will be tailored to your specific needs so every exam is unique. Broadly speaking, however, people can be grouped by age and I will go over some of the touch points that we pay close attention to for each demographic in a series of blogs.
We get out of the clinic to attend some after school programs and help them with eye care during their extra curricular activities.
By far the most common question in optometry is to explain the three different types of refractive error, nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. This video will help demonstrate the physiology that causes blurry vision, all of which can easily be corrected by prescription glasses, contact lenses or LASIK.
Located between Santa Cruz's Westside and Eastside neighborhoods, Midtown has earned a somewhat relative identify that remains contests. The Santa Cruz Sentinel investigates...
How to improve your visibility behind the wheel with a few steps of DIY and a modest cost for clearing visibility through your windshield.
Research shows found that a newly discovered cell in the retina which is sensitive to light controls the eyes rate of growth and thus the myopia.
LASIK refractive eye surgery is continually improving. While historically, halos and glare at night were a challenge, wavefront technology has allowed surgeons to make more precise corrections to the peripheral cornea reducing these distortions.
With all this great rain and snow falling in California, don't forget to protect your eyes. Even on a cloudy snow day, there is a lot of UV light getting through the clouds.
Many employers provide a Health Savings Account to provide tax-free dollars towards medical expenses. These accounts can be used not only for eye examinations and co-pays but also for materials such as glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. If your employer does not offer this type of accounts, they can also be opened individually.
Regularly measuring the pressure of your eyes is underestimated as a way to ensure the longterm health of your eyes.
Digital Retinal Images help our doctors evaluate your eye health, screening for diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
We've invested in the some of the best technology, ensuring imaging, measuring meet you needs during a comfortable examination.